Amrik Virk: B.C.’s tech sector is a success story worth sharing

Amrik Virk | The Georgia Straight

British Columbians have a tendency to roll up their sleeves and get things done—but sometimes we forget it’s OK to be proud of our accomplishments. A great example of this is the success of our world-class technology sector. 

A new B.C. Stats report confirms what I’ve been saying in communities, meeting rooms, and events since taking over this file—B.C.’s tech sector is an incredible success story.

It’s a story of a talented and driven community, punching above its weight on the world stage. Tech-based economic activity has grown to more than $23 billion, with last year’s tech exports exceeding $1 billion for the first time ever.

We have local success stories like Hootsuite and Picatic making their mark around the world, from here in B.C. These companies recognize that B.C. is the place to build your tech business.

Our reputation continues to grow as a tech hub globally, attracting the best and brightest from around the world. Both the TED conference as well as SIGGRAPH chose Vancouver as their locations in 2014. The top visual effects companies in the world all have offices here, working on projects like the next Star Wars, Marvel, and Star Trek movies.

…Home-grown talent is the best way to guarantee we have a sustainable tech industry. To help ensure they have the tools they need to succeed we support the B.C. Innovation Council. Their network of incubators and accelerators around B.C. provides strong support for local companies and ideas trying to launch and take flight.

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